Desecration Des`e*cra"tion, n. The act of desecrating; profanation; condition of anything desecrated. [1913 Webster]

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  • DESECRATION — (Heb. חִלּוּל, ḥillul; lit., desanctification or profanation ). In the Bible Desecration occurs when the holy is replaced by the profane or impure, the difference between the two being that the impure must be purified before it can be… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Desecration — • The loss of that peculiar quality of sacredness, which inheres in places and things in virtue of the constitutive blessing of the Church Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Desecration     Desecration …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • desecration — [des΄i krā′shən] n. a desecrating or being desecrated SYN. SACRILEGE * * * See desecrater. * * * …   Universalium

  • desecration — index blasphemy, defilement, misusage, profanity, violation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • desecration — 1717, noun of action from DESECRATE (Cf. desecrate) …   Etymology dictionary

  • desecration — *profanation, sacrilege, blasphemy Analogous words: defilement, pollution (see corresponding verbs at CONTAMINATE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • desecration — [n] violation, abuse blasphemy, debasement, defilement, impiety, irreverence, profanation, sacrilege; concepts 246,252 Ant. honor, praise, sanctification …   New thesaurus

  • desecration — [des΄i krā′shən] n. a desecrating or being desecrated SYN. SACRILEGE …   English World dictionary

  • Desecration — For other uses, see Desecration (disambiguation). Desecration (also called desacralization or desanctification) is the act of depriving something of its sacred character, or the disrespectful or contemptuous treatment of that which is held to be… …   Wikipedia

  • desecration — desecrate ► VERB ▪ treat (something sacred) with violent disrespect. DERIVATIVES desecration noun desecrator noun. ORIGIN from DE (Cf. ↑de ) + a shortened form of CONSECRATE(Cf. ↑consecration) …   English terms dictionary

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